Our Mission

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Broome County. For nearly 100 years, United Way of Broome County has improved conditions in the community to help our friends and neighbors lead more successful lives. Our mission is to drive change that will have positive impact on the critical needs of our community by strategically leveraging the collective resources of community partners.

We invite you to be part of the change.
You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer.
That's what it means to Live United.

 

We believe nothing is more fundamental to the quality of life in a community than good health and wellbeing.  Working together we can create a stronger healthier community for everyone.

Most people will agree we need to ensure:

  • All children have a healthy beginning in life;
  • All people should have access to health care;
  • Our neighborhoods and homes are safe and free from violence;
  • Our community supports healthy eating and physical activity; and
  • All people have the information and support needed to make healthy choices.

Our Work in Health

  • We are the lead in the local Healthy Lifestyles Coalition. The goal of this coalition includes: supporting residents in obtaining access to healthy and affordable food; creating safe places to play and be active; and encouraging residents to become advocates for policy and environmental changes which promote positive health.
  • We help fund programs to advance health across the community.

We all have a stake in making sure that today’s children grow up to be productive citizens who give back to the community. 

We all win when children:

  • Enter school ready to succeed;
  • Read proficiently by fourth grade;
  • Have support transitioning into and out of middle school;
  • Have support to graduate on time; and
  • Are given the skills needed to be successful in college, career, and our community.
United Way of Broome County helps fund programs to advance education across the community.

When people lack financial stability, the impact is felt throughout the community.  That’s why we’re committed to helping individuals and families gain access to the resources they need to be financially stable.

We’re all better off when people have access to:

  • Self-sustaining employment;
  • Support during times of financial crisis;
  • Personal savings and assets;
  • Manageable expenses; and
  • Affordable housing.

Our Work in Income

  • We have partnered with the Broome County Dept. of Social Services to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which provides free tax preparation services to qualifying residents. Click Here for more information.
  • We help fund programs to advance income across the community.

While our community works to address the root causes of important civic issues, we realize that there are individuals in our County who need our support right now. That’s why United Way provides funding to fulfill basic needs such as food, shelter, health, and safety. When individuals are unable to meet their immediate needs, it becomes more difficult to focus on long-term goals such as employment, housing, or education. When a crisis occurs, United Way is there, providing those in need with services and assistance to bring the stability they need to get back on track. Basic Needs grants are meant to serve people who have had a temporary setback or who face emergency situations. The goal is to provide immediate, short-term assistance to help people stabilize their situation or recover from the emergency, and continue on their journey toward a better quality of life.

We are witnessing an unprecedented population shift: by 2050, older adults will triple to about 1.5 billion nationally and will outnumber all children under the age of 14. The number of people who will see their 80th birthday will quadruple to 395 million. Currently, 25% of residents in Broome County are over the age of 60. In order to ensure a community where every older adult is able to live healthy, active, and independent lives, we must address some underlying issues. Funded programs will ensure seniors are healthy and safe through addressing preventative health care, safe, quality, and affordable housing for seniors, and affordable, accessible transportation options for seniors.

Positive youth development programs engage young people in intentional, productive, and constructive ways, while recognizing and enhancing their strengths. Every child and youth in Broome County should be provided opportunities, positive relationships, and the support needed to learn and build on their strengths as well as prevent risky behaviors. Research indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for engagement encounter less risk and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood. Funded programs will ensure youth are prepared to live, learn, work and contribute through a variety of approaches, including early childhood development, community schools, and vocational, civic, and alternative education.

Broome County residents agree that in order for families to thrive, they must be both nurturing and economically stable. Families that are struggling to make ends meet often have the hardest time connecting to supports that can reduce their stressors, putting them at higher risk for engaging in unhealthy or damaging behaviors. Because of the neighborhood they live in, credit history, lack of access to transportation, and many other factors, low-income working families often pay more for basic goods and services (including groceries, healthcare, financial services, credit products, and insurance) than families with higher incomes. We will fund programs that support low income working families, promote trust between families, service providers, law enforcement, and the community at large, and reduce stressors so that families are able to thrive.